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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1983-04-25

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1983-04-25

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Jack Straw, Friend Of The Devil, Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women, Cassidy, Loser, My Brother Esau, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider Touch Of Gray, Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Playin' In The Band-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Satisfaction

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source Senn 421's > MC > Dat > Cdr; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Ernie Dodd


Source: Senn 421's > MC > Dat > Cdr; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Ernie Dodd


Reviewer: mklsgl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2016
Subject: Classical-ish mini jam?
Between 'The Wheel" and "Playin' Reprise" there is a Garcia-led classical-ish jam starting at approx. 5:00 into "The Wheel" ... anyone know what it is?
Reviewer: kbmill - - June 2, 2016
Subject: bread crumb
It was sometime in 1983 that they openly allowed taping to happen. Obviously not this run of shows given the paucity of available material. The switch from having to conceal your equipment and find a way to get it in was hard to comprehend the first time it happened, but more on that later.
Reviewer: other003 - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2009
Subject: Was this the first time this taped
Takes entirely too long to get the levels straight.
Reviewer: johnknee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2009
Subject: goodness
I just listened to the talked about setII finish of "wheel > sugar mag e: satisfaction" and it really is early 80s killer. No doubt about the Jerry solo in GDTRFB. Sick. Sound quality is fine. Classic AUD. Looking forward to hearing the first set.
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2009
Subject: Sleeper show for sure
We ended up going down for these last two of this amazing spring tour. This night I really enjoyed alot and was my first Spectrum show. It is just a perfect little show.Jack Straw is good but not stellar but FOTD is excellent, Phil is lovin his new six string, and the set continues to get better and better.
Brent rips it up on Rooster with his nasty scat too. Esau is great and the China Cat is very happening, better of the two, and then they do a full out INYR.
Set two starts off with a strong Touch and the Playin' is nice into an amazing Terrapin. This is where this set takes off. The ending of this show is exceptional. I always loved Wheel> Playin' Reprise and then into a smokin' GDTRFB into a HUGE Sugar Magnolia.Wow! Jerry is ripping it up at the end and then the SSDD is incredible. Phil is dropping bombs all over the place.
Satisfaction is raging and a perfect choice on this night of great music.
Reviewer: PA Tom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2009
Subject: Like it was just yesterday....
Imagine a 16 year old kid pulling into the parking lot in complete awe.... what a newbie I was!! Brown Eyed Women was when I was finally able to realize that I was really there. I was at a Grateful Dead show!!! China->Rider, Playin', Terrapin.... this is amazing!! Then the final punch of Goin Down the Road->Sugar Mag, and Satisfaction for the encore. What an unforgettable night!! A journey that lasts to this day... thanks so much to the tapers for all of the great recordings. I wish someone had a board of this to upload...

So how will I be celebrating the 26th anniversary of my first show?? The Dead in NYC, of course!!!
Reviewer: Bzl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 13, 2005
Subject: better than 4/26...
...and I attended 4/26 but not 4/25.
The post-drums segment of this show is astounding: as mentioned the GDTR is unbelievable. A long-standing question for me and a couple friends: what *is* that jam out of The Wheel? Sounds like a classical motif; I doubt it's completely improvised.
Reviewer: Chip_Marshall - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2005
Subject: It's still foggy...
Iremember a dark ampitheater and a bright stage. The first set was typical for the era, The second set was drippy and wavy. Standing stunned when the band started to play Terrapin,,,it kinda sneaked up on me. Pretty trippy night...
Reviewer: PFflyerkid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2005
Subject: 5 stars for Goin' Down The Road...
5 stars for Goin' Down The Road...

One of those rare moments when Jerry goes liquid. Listen to the lead that starts at 3:50. Jerry strumming and leading in Sugar Mag not bad either.

IMO...this is a perfectly good audience tape. Sounds exactly like a copy I traded for in the parking lot at Ventura w/ some east coast heads.

It always was about SA-90 and XLII aud tapes for me. Just like you were there...
Reviewer: other3 - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2004
Subject: Nothing A little Patience and an EQ wouldn't help
This was a "turn someone on show" for me. While I love Jack Straw and could hear it every show I went to and not be bummed, it is a shame that it is broken up. The rest was pretty much the same for me. They didn't play anything that i wouldn't have mined hearing.

3+ actually
Reviewer: Steinbergerman - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2004
Subject: not so bad
Sound quality not up to Oade '85 level for sure, but certainly not atrocious. And a super high energy performance, esp the GDTRFB>Sugar Mag/Satisfaction closer.
Reviewer: sid weiss - favorite - September 18, 2004
Subject: horrible sound
bad sound quality
Reviewer: Harold of the Rocks - favorite - August 4, 2004
Subject: See the 26th for the real deal
This was my 2nd show. I didn't get to see the 2nd night, which blows away this night from both a setlist and performance perspective.

After the Jack Straw the guy behind me starts yelling "Hey Bobby, play Satisfaction!". He must have yelled it in my ear a dozen times. I finally turned around and said to the guy, "Dude, this is the Dead, not the Stones."

I thought I was so cool. :)

Honestly, the Satisfaction encore is the only highlight of this show. See 4/26/83 for the real deal.
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